The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Fun in Indianapolis

Your Family Guide to Holiday Fun in Indianapolis

There’s no time like Christmas in Indianapolis, where you can’t help but feel the magic of the holiday season. From drive-thru Christmas light displays and performances of The Nutcracker to ice skating and train rides, there are SO many fun things for families this season!

Here are a few of our favorite holiday events, Christmas light displays, family-friendly activities, and beloved traditions this holiday season around Indianapolis.

The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Fun around Indianapolis

 

Best Family-Friendly Holiday Attraction

  1. Festival of Trees | Nov 11-Jan 7
  2. Christmas at the Zoo | Nov 19-Dec 30
  3. Winterlights at Newfields | Nov 19-Jan 8Christmas Lights Indianapolis Newfields Winter Lights
  4. Jingle Rails | Nov. 19-Jan 16
  5. A Merry Prairie Holiday | Nov. 25-Dec. 22 
  6. Conservatory Crossing | Nov. 25-Dec. 31
  7. Celebration Crossing – Nov. 25-Jan. 1 
  8. Jolly Days Winter Wonderland | Nov. 25-Jan. 2,
  9. Sullivan Express to the North Pole |Nov. 25-Dec. 23
    Sullivan Express to the North Pole
    Sullivan Express to the North Pole
     
  10. Reindeer Ride Express | Nov. 19-23
  11. The Polar Express: The IMAX 3D Experience | Nov. 28-Dec. 15

Best Christmas Light Displays

  1. Nights of Lights | Nov 11-Jan 2
  2. Christmas at the Zoo | Nov 19-Dec 30
  3. A Merry Prairie Holiday | Nov. 25-Dec. 22

    A Merry Prairie Holiday at Conner Prairie
    A Merry Prairie Holiday at Conner Prairie
  4. Magic of Lights at Ruoff Music Center | Nov 18-Dec 30
  5. Downtown Indy Inc.’s Circle of Lights | Tree Lighting on Nov. 25
  6. Dasher’s Lightshow | Nov. 25-Dec. 31
  7. Winterlights at Newfields | Nov 19-Jan 8
  8. The Lighted Trail | Dec. 3-31 The Lighted Trail

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Santa Train

Holiday Markets & Christkindlmarkts

  1. Christmas Gift & Hobby Show | Nov. 9-13
  2. Heritage Farm Artisan Christmas Market | Nov. 11-12
  3. St. Luke’s Holiday Bazaar | Nov. 12
  4. Junior League Holiday Mart | Nov. 17 | 20
  5. Carmel Christkindlmarkt – Nov. 19 -Dec. 30

    Christkindlmarkt; Photo Credit: facebook.com/carmelchristkindlmarkt **Conceptual pyramid image
    Carmel Christkindlmarkt
  6. Athenaeum Christkindlmarkt – Nov. 25 -Dec. 18
  7. Holiday Village and Market | Nov. 27
  8. Holiday Author Fair | Dec. 3
  9. Cumberland Weihnachtsmarkt – Dec. 3

Holiday Performances

  1. AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration | Hilbert Circle Theatre | Dec. 2-23

    AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration
    AES Indiana Yuletide Celebration
  2. Peanut Butter & Jam: Holiday Cabaret on Strings | The Studio Theater at The Center for the Performing Arts |  Dec. 10
  3. Charles Dickens’ a Christmas Carol | Indiana Repertory Theatre | Nov.19-Dec.24
  4. It’s a Wonderful Life | Beef & Boards | Nov. 25-Dec. 23
  5. A Christmas Carol | Beef & Boards | Dec. 2-20
  6. The Snow Queen | The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis | Nov. 25-Jan. 1

Outdoor Ice Skating

  1. Penguin Park at Washington Township Park (Synthetic Ice Rink) | Nov. 11-Feb. 26
  2. The Ice at Center Green | Nov. 19-Feb. 26

    Carmel Christkindlmarkt
    Photo Credit: facebook.com/carmelchristkindlmarkt/
  3. Ice Rink at Holliday Park | Nov. 25-Jan. 29
  4. Lawrence Civic Plaza | Nov. 26-Dec. 29
  5. Winterfest at Mulberry Fields Park | Dec. 9-Jan. 9
  6. Federal Hill Commons Ice Plaza | Dec. 9-Jan. 2

Free Holiday Events

  1. Christmas in Pendleton | Nov. 12
  2. The Nutcracker Storytime with Central Indiana Dance Ensemble | Nov. 22
  3. Christmas in the Village: Parade Day | Nov. 26
  4. Circle of Lights | Nov. 25
    Circle of Lights
    Circle of Lights

  5. Fishers Winter Wonderland | Dec. 3
  6. Victorian Christmas Celebration | Dec. 3
  7. Fortville Winterfest | Dec. 3
  8. Holiday in the Arts District | Dec. 3
  9. Westfield in Lights | Dec. 3

    Westfield in Lights; Photo Credit: facebook.com/WestfieldWelcome
    Westfield in Lights; Photo Credit: facebook.com/WestfieldWelcome
  10. Cumberland Weihnachtsmarkt | Dec. 3
  11. Broad Ripple Lights Up Holiday Festival and Parade | Dec. 4
  12. Meet Santa’s Reindeer | Dec. 3, 10, 17

    meet-and-greet opportunities with live reindeer every Saturday from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    meet-and-greet Santa’s Reindeer
  13. Christmas Express at Brookside | Dec. 10
  14. Holidays Around the World | Dec. 10
  15. Holly Jolly Jamboree | Dec. 10
  16. Santa’s Workshop | Dec. 10 
  17. Franklin Holiday Lighting | Dec. 10

    Holiday Lighting Franklin
    Holiday Lighting Franklin
  18. Visit Santa at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library | Dec. 12
  19. Reindeer on Main | Dec. 17
  20. Christmas Under the Stars
  21. Christmas Eve Luminaries | Dec. 24
  22. FREE Admission to The Children’s Museum Christmas Eve | Dec. 24

    Christmas Eve at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
    Christmas Eve at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

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